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Florida Dems to oppose Nader's ballot access

Ralph Nader may have to get past the Florida Democratic Party if he wants a spot on Florida's presidential ballot.

State Democratic Chairman Scott Maddox said he expects to mount a legal challenge unless Nader "dots every i and crosses every t" in his ballot submissions. ...

In a state where Nader won more than 97,000 votes in 2000 and Al Gore lost by 537, Democrats are especially antagonistic to the independent presidential candidate. Nader backers acknowledge that the vagaries of Florida election laws could give Democrats a legal opening to block him from easy access to the ballot. ...

The simpler option is running as a Reform Party candidate, but there could be a legal hitch. Florida law requires the candidates of minor parties to be affiliated "with a national party holding a national convention." Rather than gathering for a convention as they have in the past, Reform Party leaders in May endorsed Nader in a conference call. -- Worldandnation: Democrats say Nader must toe line in Florida (St. Petersburg Times)